A change of scenery can be a benefit. It works for athletes at all levels and in different sports. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is a prime example of this after having a rough start to a career with the Baltimore Orioles.
The southpaw was traded to the northside of Chicago in 2013 and has turned his career around in a big way winning the CY Young last year in the National League and this season he recorded his second no-hitter.
Broadneck goalie Cole Pellicano is thriving in his new change of scenery after transferring to the Bruins from St. Mary’s Annapolis last summer.
The Bruins (9-0) are the top team on Laxpower.com for the Maryland public schools. And a big reason for their success is due to the senior being a force in cage. “I couldn't be happier with how well we're playing this year,” said Pellicano. “We are a small team but we're very close and always have each others' backs. We have the characteristics to make a great run this year.”
The Dickinson College commit has not allowed double-digit points at all this season. One would ask why would Pellicano transfer from St. Mary’s Annapolis, who won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (A) conference championship last season. After the starting goalie had graduated, opening a spot for Pellicano.
But with the news of coach, Ben Rubeor stepping down to go coach for his alma mater, Loyola-Blakefield, and a chance to play and prepare for top-level Division III lacrosse, Pellicano felt the move to Broadneck made sense. “I made great friends at St. Mary's and I have the upmost respect for the current coaching staff and of course Coach Rubeor who's now at Loyola,” Pellicano admits. “The move in schools was something I did because I wanted to prepare myself the best I could to go to Dickinson next year.”
Photo: Cole Pellicano
Asked if there were hard feelings on how his departure St. Mary’s went down, the 6’1 goalie made sure to quickly swat away any notion that he left on bad terms. “ (It was) completely professional and both sides mutually respect each other.”
“I think the biggest difference is the size of the schools. St. Mary's is a very well connected community and everybody knows everybody,” said Pellicano on the differences in schools besides one being a private school and the other a public school. “ Whereas at Broadneck there are more people in my grade alone than all of St. Mary's. But even though Broadneck is a bigger the school is very united in everything it does. The Bruin family is very special for sure.”
But enough about the past, it’s the present and the state championship that Cole is focused on. As noted, his 6’1 frame helps him take up most of the goal, “I can use my body to cover space and it helps play the angles so shooters have almost no net too aim for. I'm also very relaxed in my play which helps in tight situations.”
This season, Pellicano has a 75% save percentage and he has made 113 saves.” In Broadneck’s nine wins, the Bruins have beaten 2015 State Champions, Kent Island (3a-2a) 9-8, in triple overtime to open the season and Howard (4a-3a) 5-4. The Bruins also have wins over Dulaney and Glenelg High.
“There's no doubt winning an MD state title would be the greatest thing to cap off my high school career,” said Pelicano who has a chance to be on a public and private championship team in back-to-back seasons. “There was nothing more amazing than seeing the way all the St. Mary's seniors acted after winning it all last year, seeing them leave everything on the field. That's the exact feeling that I've been chasing and working for since the summer.”
It’s apparent that Cole has his head on his shoulders and is a leader on and off the field. To want to go to another school-leaving one that just won a championship - your senior year and get ready for college and a chance to play, is admirable for a kid his age to do. The change of scenery is all he needed.
McDonogh edged Calvert Hall 9-8 in double overtime.
McDonogh showed why they are the top team in the MIAA A conference on April 27 as the Eagles edged Calvert Hall at home, 9-8 in double overtime.
Jack Simmons fed a nice pass to Jack Parr to bury a shot past Cardinals goalie Joe McSorley to end what may have been the best game of the year.
“We sort of moved (the ball) off a couple dodges and Jack Simmons had the ball up top and made a nice look to me and I just finished it,” said Parr on the winning goal.
McDonogh (8-0 in the MIAA) opened with a 3-0 run. Jackson Morrill and Jason Sarro were landing their shots in the back of the net with ease.
Calvert Hall (3-2 in the MIAA), even though is not a big team in terms of size, won’t be pushed around on offense by bigger defenses and the Cards started chipping away at the Eagles lead. Omari Deberry, Connor Pearce and JT Bugliosi engineered a comeback to go into the half trailing 5-4.
Brendan Curry opened the second half with a bounce shot goal to bring Calvert Hall even with McDonogh. Three minutes later Jacob Kelly gave his team their first lead of the game.
Both teams slugged it out the next quarter and a half trying to get the victory. Sarro would score his third of the game making it 6-6. From that point both teams would each score twice down the stretch ending regulation tied 8-8.
Photo: Jack Parr
Calvert Hall goalie, despite giving up the goal in the second overtime, was magnificent in cage, making 15 saves.
“Calvert Hall is a really good team and I know they have two losses in the league. But there is no doubt they will be playing for a lot at the end of the year. They are a great team,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner.